Flattr doesn’t work for me

So my six month experiment with Flattr has come to an end. In short, my revenue was a measly €0.42 for €2/month payment. Not worth it.

Flattr was just too much hassle. I’d want it to be able to add pages from an RSS feed, but instead, every page had to be added manually. It wouldn’t even spider your sites to index content. You had to go to the site to find new things to read (I’ve never found a Flattr badge in the wild), and it is really difficult to filter by language and keywords. Worst of all, you have to remember to click on at least one thing a month, otherwise your payment would disappear down a black hole.

Here’s my payment/revenue breakdown:

Means -> Monthly Flattr amount
2010-10-31
€-1.70
Flattr earnings -> revenue
2010-10-10
€0.09
Means -> Monthly Flattr amount
2010-09-30
€-2.00
Means -> Monthly Flattr amount
2010-08-31
€-2.00
Means -> Monthly Flattr amount
2010-07-31
€-2.00
Means -> Monthly Flattr amount
2010-06-30
€-2.00
Flattr earnings -> revenue
2010-06-10
€0.33
Means -> Monthly Flattr amount
2010-05-31
€-2.00
Flattr earnings -> revenue
2010-05-10
Means -> Monthly Flattr amount
2010-05-04
€-0.44
PayPal -> means
2010-05-02
€12.14

And here’s what was actually clicked:

Period Thing Clicks Revenue
2010-05 We Saw a Chicken … 1 €0.20
2010-05 Numpty’s Progress 1 €0.13
2010-09 Numpty’s Progress 1 €0.09

My blogs might be a bit, um, niche, but I’d expected to have at least broken even.

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